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2014 Air Race Classic makes final stop in HHR with 100 female pilots competing

From June 16-19, 2014 the oldest historic air race will conclude at the Capital City Airport in New Cumberland, PA and welcome over 100 female pilots competiting for the championship title in the transcontinental air race.

PA’s Hershey Harrisburg to host the oldest historic air race
Capital City Airport welcomes over 100 female pilots competing for the transcontinental championship.
June 16 – 19, 2014

Harrisburg, PA – The Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau (HHRVB) welcomes the all-female pilot air race teams that will be arriving at the Capital City Airport in New Cumberland as part of the 2014 Air Race Classic from June 16-19, 2014.

According to event organizers, Capital City Airport in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania will be the terminus, or final stop, of this year’s Air Race Classic (ARC) which spans over 2,338 nautical miles. The 2014 Air Race Classic will have racers zooming through ten intermediate stops in four days en route from Buchanan Field Airport in Concord, California in the quest for the fastest time. 

This year’s ARC will have fifty-two teams and over one hundred female pilots compete for the championship title in the transcontinental air race. Follow the ARC teams at https://www.facebook.com/AirRaceClassic or https://twitter.com/2014ARC.

The race is an annual, all-female pilot air race in which pilot’s race against their own best speed in the small airplane of their choice. Racers will undergo briefings, flight planning, and a fly by study prior to take off.  Additionally, the aircraft must be “stock” models (no experimental) and have their handicap speed identified with a check pilot.  Many of the pilots race not only for the experience, but compete to refine their flight skills as the route changes each year in order to keep the race challenging. 

The Air Race Classic carries on the long tradition of women’s air racing that dates back to 1929. Air racing became popular in the 1920’s, but women pilots were forbidden to race against the men in that era, so the women started their own. 

The race attracts competitors of all ages around the world.  In 2013, pilots from Kosovo, Japan and Italy joined US pilots in the ultimate four day air race challenge. Collegiate teams make up nearly 20% of each year’s racers.

The race begins Monday, June 16, precisely at 8 A.M. and airplanes will take off every 30 seconds. There are 9 predetermined stops as the pilots make their way along the way eastward, where high speed low timing passes are permitted. 

Once at the terminus, Capital City Airport, scores will be determined by a panel of judges and timers, and the winner will be announced at the gala Awards Banquet Saturday evening, June 21. 

Author: Rick Dunlap

Public Relations Director
Visit Hershey & Harrisburg
3211 North Front Street, Suite 301 A, Harrisburg, PA 17110